Rupan Sansei: Mamo Karano Chousen (1978, JAP) C-102m. *** D: Yasuo Otsuka, Soji Yoshikawa. Starring (the voices of) Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Eiko Masuyama, Makio Inoue, Gorô Naya. First animated feature film (following the early 1970s TV series and a live-action movie of 1974) about gentleman thief Lupin the Third, who along with his sidekick Jigen and samurai Goemon find out the mystery behind a madman, who has cloned himself and others, intending to rule the world. Plot is vague and uneven at first, later it becomes an entertaining, exciting action adventure with science-fiction touches. Highly recommended to fans. Followed by the famous CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (1979). English title: LUPIN III: THE MYSTERY OF MAMO or THE SECRET OF MAMO.

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